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posted by chromas on Sunday August 16 2020, @01:02AM   Printer-friendly
from the cloudscale-big-brother dept.

The Panopticon Is Already Here (archive)

Xi Jinping is using artificial intelligence to enhance his government's totalitarian control—and he's exporting this technology to regimes around the globe.

[...] Xi has said that he wants China, by year's end, to be competitive with the world's AI leaders, a benchmark the country has arguably already reached. And he wants China to achieve AI supremacy by 2030.

Xi's pronouncements on AI have a sinister edge. Artificial intelligence has applications in nearly every human domain, from the instant translation of spoken language to early viral-outbreak detection. But Xi also wants to use AI's awesome analytical powers to push China to the cutting edge of surveillance. He wants to build an all-seeing digital system of social control, patrolled by precog algorithms that identify potential dissenters in real time.

[...] China already has hundreds of millions of surveillance cameras in place. Xi's government hopes to soon achieve full video coverage of key public areas. Much of the footage collected by China's cameras is parsed by algorithms for security threats of one kind or another. In the near future, every person who enters a public space could be identified, instantly, by AI matching them to an ocean of personal data, including their every text communication, and their body's one-of-a-kind protein-construction schema. In time, algorithms will be able to string together data points from a broad range of sources—travel records, friends and associates, reading habits, purchases—to predict political resistance before it happens. China's government could soon achieve an unprecedented political stranglehold on more than 1 billion people.

Early in the coronavirus outbreak, China's citizens were subjected to a form of risk scoring. An algorithm assigned people a color code—green, yellow, or red—that determined their ability to take transit or enter buildings in China's megacities. In a sophisticated digital system of social control, codes like these could be used to score a person's perceived political pliancy as well.

A crude version of such a system is already in operation in China's northwestern territory of Xinjiang, where more than 1 million Muslim Uighurs have been imprisoned, the largest internment of an ethnic-religious minority since the fall of the Third Reich. Once Xi perfects this system in Xinjiang, no technological limitations will prevent him from extending AI surveillance across China. He could also export it beyond the country's borders, entrenching the power of a whole generation of autocrats.

See also: In the Age of AI

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  • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Sunday August 16 2020, @06:09PM (5 children)

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Sunday August 16 2020, @06:09PM (#1037557) Journal

    If Trump were the monster you think he is, and unceasingly complain about, you wouldn't be here to write such a thing. Q.E.D.

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  • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Sunday August 16 2020, @06:53PM (3 children)

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Sunday August 16 2020, @06:53PM (#1037574) Journal

    If der Fuhrer ver ze monster joo seem to sink he iz, joo vould not be hier to wrrrrite such sings. Q.E.D. Der Fuhrer iz not zo bad, und he iz only talking about rrrremovink zose people whoze debilities cost der Volk millions of unnecessary Deustchemarks a year in medical expenses. Ve vill all be better off vunce he iz done, nein?

    (In case you don't get the hint, we are pre-Reichstag Fire not post-Kristallnacht.)

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    • (Score: 0, Troll) by khallow on Monday August 17 2020, @01:42AM (2 children)

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday August 17 2020, @01:42AM (#1037690) Journal

      If der Fuhrer ver ze monster joo seem to sink he iz, joo vould not be hier to wrrrrite such sings.

      Which turned out to be true.

      • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Monday August 17 2020, @02:47AM (1 child)

        by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Monday August 17 2020, @02:47AM (#1037717) Journal

        You know, there are some scientists who still believe the universe has a closed metric, i.e., it is finite but unbounded in 3D space. This means that if you start anywhere and go on a straight-line geodesic relative to the metric, you will eventually return to where you started.

        I mention this because if the point went any further over your head, it could technically be said to be going under your feet.

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        • (Score: 1) by khallow on Monday August 17 2020, @03:25AM

          by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday August 17 2020, @03:25AM (#1037725) Journal
          Let's just say that we're fortunate that we presently live in a world that wouldn't classify your post as an IED.
  • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Sunday August 16 2020, @10:03PM

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Sunday August 16 2020, @10:03PM (#1037627) Journal

    :-) The day is young, my friend...

    You should know, the slow boil is best

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